Sunday, May 29, 2005

VAN GUNDY'S ARROWS STING BUT I SEE HIS POINT

The words were harsh. They stung and all they will get Miami Heat Coach Stan Van Gundy is more verbal abuse than he can imagine during Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals at The Palace.
It was stupid of him to say it because all he did was stir up a hornets nest.
I disagree with what he said. But sorry, folks we deserved the whipping.
"Detroit, even in the regular season, has a particularly nasty crowd," Heat coach Stan Van Gundy told Miami reporters Friday. "They're not just loud. Those people will say anything and do anything. Quite honestly, if I was somebody sitting in the crowd, it would be embarrassing. I have never understood the idea because I bought a ticket to the game, I can sit there and yell anything I want."
You get what you ask for. And quite frankly this is what a lot of people in the NBA are thinking. They may not come out and say it, but it is on the minds of people.
Remember the brawl between fans and the Indiana Pacers? And there was the bomb threats and the quarter toss to the back of Allen Iverson’s head.
Almost lost in all of this was the sexual innuendo directed at Heat Assistant Coach Keith Askins. And I have heard other nasty things where security guards threatened to kick fans out if they continued.
I was invited to a suite by some friends and they had to call security because some drunks invited themselves in and began drinking the booze.
Now do you see why we have the reputation? Yes, it is just a few knuckleheads during a few isolated incidents.
But isn’t that the case most of the time. How many times have you dogged another fan base based on the actions of a few?
It is what we routinely do in life. Now the arrows are being directed at Palace fans.
It stings. It hurts. But sadly it is deserved.
For the most part fans were on their best behavior during the Philadelphia and Indiana series. There were no incidents directed at players.
In fact Pacers forward Stephen Jackson said he enjoyed Detroit fans during his extended stay here. He said they were loud, but mostly they were proud of their team.
“I have no problem with that,” he told me before Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.
I am sure you will be angry at the words of Stan Van Gundy and this puts him on your Ten Most wanted list along with Ron Artest, Claude Lemieux and Jermaine O’Neal.
But think about it. Do you see why he believes this? His team was attacked verbally. He saw others attacked in his building.
We hate when people call us out.
But this time I see the man’s point even though I am sure he regrets his words by now.

9 Comments:

Blogger Detroithoosier said...

Terry, I respect you a lot. You are a great writer, I would be honored if you will occasionally read my blog. Can you?

9:41 AM

 
Blogger Detroithoosier said...

Sorry Terry, I just checked your comment on my blog. I am really honored to have you read my blog. I'll be checking on yours also. Thanks, later.

9:45 AM

 
Anonymous Andre Ferrara said...

Terry you can't be serious. I love the Inferno and I generally think that you are pretty dead on when it comes to sports. However, this post has to be one of the least intelligent things I have heard you say. Heres why: 1.Oakland A's fans have, I believe, 3 days of running on the field and throwing beer at Giambi and the tape is never shown. 2.Philly fans and their tired antics.

So I then ask you why do Detroit fans still get the brunt of all this nonsense? SVG is not using common sense and I believe should be fined by the NBA for these ignorant comments.

11:10 AM

 
Blogger Andre said...

Terry I would also be very honored if you would take a look at my blog. I just started it after reading yours and going to Triple G's website. Once again your input would be most appreciated.

1:10 PM

 
Blogger billionaire said...

Terry i really like your blog and I post on it quite often but on this one your way off on a tangent. Let me ask you, is this beer episode or quarter as bad as the stabbing aka Gamboa versus the son and father is it as bad as the black hole in Oakland I can;t think of how many people have been beaten up I even heard a female was almost raped or how about the guy that was shot to death in the parking lot when the Giants and Dodgers played. To me, more needs to be said of the fair weather Heat fans and there country fair attitude. What about Philly who cheered when Micheal Irvin was laid out. So tell Stan the porn star we will be ready for him. One more thing Terry and this is not just you but I wish the media would defend the City more as opposed to apologizing. We all know the fans of philly are just as if not more fanatical than we are however I see the media over there defend there city to the end. I hope you and mike bring this up on tuesday

2:31 PM

 
Blogger billionaire said...

One more thing I am not defending the city actions however I think we need to be given alot more admiration for supporting the pistons. We hold the record for sellouts and we cheer through and through. I would rather have us versus The Hawks fans and Terry even you have to admit to that

2:36 PM

 
Blogger T Foster said...

Andre,
I am serious. You can be in denial all you want. I am here to deal it how I see it. I am not here to lecture philly fans or oakland fans. I don't care. I care about my city and my people. And Philly fans to get dogged nationwide.
We need to check ourselves and take the heat when we mess up.
A lot of Pistons fans messed up in November and a few did us no justice later in the season.

3:37 PM

 
Blogger T Foster said...

billionaire,
I appreciate your support. And I believe one of the reasons you read this blog is because you know I come straight. And we are not always going to be on the same page. But I will defend our right to disagree.
We do talk about the Pistons sell outs and we do praise Pistons fans. I was on ESPN the morning after the November brawl saying I did not like what happened but that our city was being protrayed incorrectly.
However, when you have incidents like this and others in the past people are going to take notice and say things. I talked to Van Gundy today and told him Detroit is tired of arrows being slug our way. Does he understand why we get upset about stupid comments like this?
Here is what he said
"Yeah absolutely, " Van Gundy said. "But again we all gain reputations based on what we do too. So I am not the only one. I might be the latest one so people are sensitive to it because there has been a long line of people doing it so you can’t lay all of that on me."

3:41 PM

 
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